Israel: Palestinian citizens condemn arrest of senior Imam

Sheikh Yousef Al-Baz [qudsn/Twitter]

The High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel (HFC) has condemned the arrest of the Imam of the Grand Omari Mosque in the city of Lod at dawn on Thursday. Sheikh Yousef Al-Baz's arrest, said the committee, is part of "an organised campaign targeting political and leadership figures." Approximately 1,800 activists have been arrested by the Israeli authorities over the past few weeks, the committee explained. "The aim is to intimidate the masses and deter them from claiming their legitimate political and civil rights." The arrest of Sheikh Al-Baz came less than 24 hours after Knesset member Itamar Ben-Gvir sent a letter to the Director of the Investigations Unit for Special Missions in the police service, Shlomi Abramson. The […]